World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week (21 – 25 September 2020) is World Green Building Council’s annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings.

This year, we’re asking you to #ActOnClimate.

We’re calling on the building sector, policymakers and governments to take urgent action to deliver net zero buildings. We’re also calling on them to provide a showcase for those leaders already taking action to show where, why and how they are achieving it. 

It is time to bring these solutions to scale, and the industry is ready to deliver.

Our campaign to #ActOnClimate is threefold:

  • For Communities – net zero buildings support a healthier and more sustainable built environment, creating thriving and resilient communities.
  • For the Planet - buildings account for more than one-third of global carbon emissions. It’s vital we prioritise net zero buildings today to protect our planet and future generations.
  • Net Zero Buildings for Economies - investing in new and existing net zero buildings today can stimulate innovation, activate supply chains and create jobs.

Why do we need to #ActOnClimate?

Buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions.

Now is the time to tackle the climate crisis. Countries worldwide are declaring climate emergencies and industry awareness and accountability are at all-time highs. With leading businesses demonstrating how to achieve net zero carbon emissions, governments must step up, go above and beyond to create better buildings for everyone, everywhere.

What we’re doing

Over five days, the World Green Building Council network of Green Building Councils and partners will showcase examples of global industry leadership. We will deliver a coordinated, collective voice of the industry to demonstrate the existing leadership in the net zero building movement, and call for bolder and more ambitious regulation to unlock these solutions.

The time to act is now

All of us have key roles to play. Whether it’s spreading the Advancing Net Zero project message on how buildings can tackle the climate crisis, or by advocating for bolder regulation to support sector decarbonisation, we can make a difference.

Businesses, organisations and sub-national governments can take action to decarbonise their own portfolios and advocate for wider emissions reductions by signing the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. All levels of government can step up their policy ambitions towards the 2030 and 2050 net zero goals, and their obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Net zero carbon buildings: for communities, for the planet, for economies. No matter where you are, you can #ActOnClimate.

#WGBW2020

 

Register your WGBW event

Inspire others by registering your World Green Building Week event on our interactive map. 

The map will be released in the weeks leading up to World Green Building Week.

Register your WGBW event.

 

 

WGBW 2020 Campaign Resources Download the materials Read More
Register your WGBW 2020 event Read More

World Green Building Week (21 – 25 September 2020) is World Green Building Council’s annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings.

This year, we’re asking you to #ActOnClimate.

We’re calling on the building sector, policymakers and governments to take urgent action to deliver net zero buildings. We’re also calling on them to provide a showcase for those leaders already taking action to show where, why and how they are achieving it. 

It is time to bring these solutions to scale, and the industry is ready to deliver.

Our campaign to #ActOnClimate is threefold:

  • For Communities – net zero buildings support a healthier and more sustainable built environment, creating thriving and resilient communities.
  • For the Planet - buildings account for more than one-third of global carbon emissions. It’s vital we prioritise net zero buildings today to protect our planet and future generations.
  • Net Zero Buildings for Economies - investing in new and existing net zero buildings today can stimulate innovation, activate supply chains and create jobs.

Why do we need to #ActOnClimate?

Buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions.

Now is the time to tackle the climate crisis. Countries worldwide are declaring climate emergencies and industry awareness and accountability are at all-time highs. With leading businesses demonstrating how to achieve net zero carbon emissions, governments must step up, go above and beyond to create better buildings for everyone, everywhere.

What we’re doing

Over five days, the World Green Building Council network of Green Building Councils and partners will showcase examples of global industry leadership. We will deliver a coordinated, collective voice of the industry to demonstrate the existing leadership in the net zero building movement, and call for bolder and more ambitious regulation to unlock these solutions.

The time to act is now

All of us have key roles to play. Whether it’s spreading the Advancing Net Zero project message on how buildings can tackle the climate crisis, or by advocating for bolder regulation to support sector decarbonisation, we can make a difference.

Businesses, organisations and sub-national governments can take action to decarbonise their own portfolios and advocate for wider emissions reductions by signing the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. All levels of government can step up their policy ambitions towards the 2030 and 2050 net zero goals, and their obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Net zero carbon buildings: for communities, for the planet, for economies. No matter where you are, you can #ActOnClimate.

#WGBW2020

 

Register your WGBW event

Inspire others by registering your World Green Building Week event on our interactive map. 

The map will be released in the weeks leading up to World Green Building Week.

Register your WGBW event.

 

 

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Did you know buildings and construction are responsible for more than all global transport emissions? 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions, in fact. In order to achieve the Paris Agreement, the global building and construction sector must play its part, and transition to total sector decarbonisation by 2050.

WorldGBC’s ​Advancing Net Zero​ global project was launched as a response to the Paris agreement in 2016 to inspire action from the Green Building Council network and its members towards this transition. Use the Advancing Net Zero project pages to find out:

a) how the buildings and construction sector can help create healthy, resilient communities while driving economic growth.
b) how Green Building Councils are accelerating action towards 100% net zero carbon buildings.

Read our latest ANZ Status Report 2020 and find out how net zero buildings are a solution to the climate crisis.

Embodied carbon refers to the carbon that is released during the material manufacturing and transportation process, and the construction and deconstruction process of a building’s lifecycle. In other words, the carbon emitted during the “before use” and “after use” stages of a building’s life. This accounts for 11% of the total 39% of carbon emissions from our sector, and in new buildings, those emissions are occurring right now.

Check out our Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront report – created to spark conversations around the value and importance of embodied carbon.

  • See the #ActOnClimate activities happening during the week – and plan your own
  • Find and attend a World Green Building Week event through our Global Activity Map
  • Make your own #ActOnClimate promise
  • Contact your local GBC to find out what they are doing to #ActOnClimate
  • Learn about the world’s most cutting-edge sustainable buildings in our interactive case study map
  • Post a message like this one: This World Green Building Week, communities across the globe are stepping up to #ActOnClimate by making buildings even greener and more sustainable #WGBW2020 #ActOnClimate
  • Tell your colleagues about the inspiring stories about businesses and governments who #ActOnClimate
  • Add the World Green Building Week email signature to your emails
  • Use the World Green Building Week logo and visuals on your website and social platforms
  • Promote World Green Building Week on your social media platforms, with messages such as: Find out how your local Green Building Council is supporting the building and construction sector to #ActOnClimate through net zero solutions #WGBW2020
  • Post a blog, a short film or share an article about World Green Building Week on your own channels (think websites, social media, and email newsletters)
  • Share stories from your networks about how businesses, cities and governments are taking steps to #ActOnClimate through green and net zero buildings
  • Talk about World Green Building Week in upcoming speaking engagements and media interviews
  • Release new reports or research on the net zero buildings that matter to your region
  • Host an #ActOnClimate webinar talking about how to achieve net zero buildings – invite a guest speaker from your network to share their story
  • Talk to your colleagues about how to develop a net zero strategy for your organisation
  • Demonstrate the leadership action and solutions your organisation is adopting to achieve net zero emission buildings
  • Recruit a campaign ambassador and draw upon their leadership and influence to get people talking about World Green Building Week
  • Invite members of your network to join World Green Building Week by highlighting the week on your website and at upcoming events
  • Write a letter to your government asking them to #ActOnClimate
  • If you are an architect, engineer, building owner or product designer, join your local Green Building Council for advice, information and best practice on net zero buildings – find your local GBC here
  • If you own, develop or occupy buildings, create a plan to make them net zero
  • Advocate for bolder and more ambitious regulation to drive uptake of net zero carbon buildings, using the resources in our advocacy toolkit
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